Vision &


The Uplands provides an environment for renewal and innovation that empowers all to make the world a better place.

"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Our Values

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Love heals, transcends and unites us all. We engage out of loving compassion, total acceptance, and non judgment. Through loving open-heartedness, we elevate ourselves and each other to our highest, best, most evolved selves.

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We believe in empowering people who strive to foster individual, community and social betterment.

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We believe in the transformative power of community to bridge all divides, to heal all wounds, and to transcend all societal ills.


“Whether we think of ourselves as biological creatures or spiritual beings or both, the truth remains: we were created in and for a complex ecology of relatedness, and without it we wither and die.”

Parker Palmer
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We are dedicated to promoting lifelong learning to expand awareness and to keep pace with our ever-evolving times. We are committed to integrating learning opportunities into all of our retreats, community outreach offerings, and collaborations with educational and social institutions.

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In all contexts, we engage with honesty, fairness, respect, justice and responsibility. We act intentionally in accordance with all of our core values. We self-assess, embrace accountability, and course-correct when necessary.

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We believe that in generously serving others—through hand, heart, mind and spirit—we better ourselves, and discover the essential oneness we share, to the benefit of all.

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Self Care

We commit to self-care practices that cultivate holistic well-being, to prevent depletion of inner resources, to enhance self-growth and to optimize the quality of service we offer.

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We believe that birth circumstances should not determine life outcomes. We support educators, social entrepreneurs and community leaders who are committed to practices designed to equalize opportunity for all.

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Environmental Sustainability

We are committed to respecting and healing the Earth and nourishing the interconnected relationships among humans, the environment and all forms of life. Accordingly, we adhere to the highest standards of environmental sustainability.


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